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Dunne's must move out of dark days of Dickensian employment - Doolan

8 February, 2006

Sinn Féin's Dublin South East Representative, Councillor Daithí Doolan, announced today, “that Sinn Féin will be spearheading a campaign in support of the Dunne's Stores employee, Joanne Delaney, who was dismissed for simply wearing her union badge.”

Speaking in Leinster House, Cllr. Doolan said, “Joanne was unfairly dismissed by Dunne's Stores in November of last year for wearing her MANDATE trade union badge. Joanne has 4 year service in the Ashfield branch in Crumlin, she was also a trade union activist being elected shop steward by her union colleagues.   

“Sinn Féin Deputies Arthur Morgan & Aengus O’Snodaigh will meet with Joanne and union officials in Leinster House with a view to providing whatever assistance we can to the campaign in support of her reinstatement. Joanne will be attending the party’s Ard Fheis and will address Dublin Sinn Féin’s Annual General Meeting later this week. Sinn Féin will also be supporting a protest outside Dunne's Stores in Crumlin this Saturday.

“The public are disgusted by Dunne's management who have a history of union bashing and anti union behaviour. But they have totally underestimated the strength of popular opinion. The public fully support MANDATE’s campaign and Sinn Féin will play a full and active role to bring this dispute to a successful conclusion.”

In conclusion Cllr. Doolan, demanded, “Dunne's Stores management to come out of their dark Dickensian days of employment and immediately reinstate Joanne.”                                 

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